The trouble with “radical” Islam is…

The trouble with “radical” or “fundamentalist” Islam is not that it’s “Islamic,” but rather that it’s radical, as in: “marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional,” in other words, it’s “extreme.” Radical Islamists, tend to, or are “disposed to make extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions.”

It’s not unlike the trouble with fundamentalist Christianity; fundamentalist, Zionist Judaism; Neo Conservatism.

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A front row seat in purgatory

Unless the crooks who the Feds believe stole more than $20 million from the D.C. Tax and Revenue office change their ways between now and the time they eventually get out of the slammer, they will eventually find seats reserved for them in Purgatory.

The same is true for the photogenically-challenged former President of the Washington Teacher’s Union who’s already doing time in the Big House for stealing more than $2 million of her brother and sister union members’ money in her hopeless quest to make up for the gifts Mother Nature denied her, by lavishing gifts of Gucci and Prada and Louis Vuitton on herself.

Yes, there are seats reserved for the cheap thieves in Purgatory, but they won’t be seated in the V.I.P. Section. Sorry, Little Bush League thieves. You will get to transit straight to The Inferno.

No. The V.I.P. Section in the American English-speaking Abyss is already reserved for the Big Bush Leaguers. The Enron founders, and the masters of the Savings & Loan rip-offs, those in the banks themselves and their accomplices in elected office. Continue reading

Republicans: ‘The Dog ate my homework’

I don’t know what it is about Republicans in high office this political season. They are behaving like: “Dumb,” and “Dumber,” and ‘Dumbest.”

First, we had Mr. 2008 Presidential Front Runner, Rudy Guiliani. He goes and nominates this thug with ties to the Mafia to a top Homeland Security job. He didn’t check the guy’s background.

Oops. The dog ate his homework.

Then, here comes Mr. Law & Order himself, Fred Thompson. His good friend for several years and the co-chairman of his presidential campaign is a drug pusher and a bookie. Convicted of selling 11 pounds of marijuana and cocaine, he was. Mr. Fred just didn’t know his BFF had such a sordid past. He’s not an honest man. He just plays one on TV.

It looks like the dog ate his homework too.

Then, here comes the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. You know, the guy who told Senator Patrick Leahy to: “go f— yourself” on the floor of the U.S. Senate. That’s him, the same guy who shot one of his friends in the face on a hunting trip and his office didn’t tell anybody it happened for 24 hours.

That’s him. Darth Vader himself. He likes to joke about being referred to the Lord of the Dark Side. In fact he dressed his dog in a Darth Vader costume on Halloween. Oh, it’s big fun being the sinister soul of the American Constitution in the Cheney household. His wife even makes jokes about it.

Well, the Vice President went hunting this year at the Clove Valley Gun and Rod Club, which had a 5-foot by 5-foot Confederate flag hanging in its garage. This exclusive country club was located not in the heart of Dixie, where at least folks there claim the Confederacy’s part of some “Southern heritage,” but rather in Union Vale, N.Y.

The Veep says he didn’t see the flag. But somebody saw it and took a picture of it for the evening news. Oops. Continue reading

‘El Dorado Gold’ ties bind Blacks Latinos

When I was growing up, before the BMW officially became the “Black Man’s Wish,” it was the Cadillac El Dorado, which was the ultimate male automotive status symbol, bar none! Artist Uzikee Nelson has borrowed on that tradition to celebrate Hispanic culture’s pre-Columbian ancestry.

Uzikee formally unveiled his latest outdoor sculpture–Eldorado Gold–at the Josephine Butler House in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, a Latino residential stronghold. It was unveiled, ironically on Columbus Day–Oct. 12, the anniversary of the date the explorer landed in the Caribbean in 1492, opening up the Western and its indigenous people to genocide and domination by the Europeans to follow. The reason he chose Oct. 12, is because it would have been his father’s 100th birthday.

The two-sided sculpture is an 8-foot-tall weathered steel piece, with gold glass. It was inspired by a visit to Latin America where Uzikee discovered that the use of gold was commonplace, before the Europeans with gunpowder conquered the people and robbed them of their gold. The location: El Dorado. El Dorado Gold. Continue reading

It takes a thug to know a thug

I can fully understand anyone’s frustration with the inaction of the police most anywhere to solve petty thefts. I had a bicycle stolen more than a year ago, and called the police to report it. The bike has not been seen or heard from since.

But the police did give me a difficult bit of advice to follow. “If you see your bicycle, don’t try to confiscate it yourself. Call the police,” the officer who took my report told me. Good advice.

Still, for months, until I bought a new bicycle, I looked at every bike I saw, straining to see an identifying mark or sign that it was mine. I carried a copy of my police report and two locks with me as I rode around town, thinking that if I saw my bike parked somewhere, I could put a lock on it so it could not be removed while I waited on the slow-as-molasses police response.

I never saw it. Eventually the compelling need to get my old bike back left me.

If that is good advice for me, a civilian, then a 22-year-veteran police officer should know that lesson better than me. In particular to Officer James Haskel.

But I suspect that Officer Haskel and a buddy of his, another veteran officer and instructor at the Police Academy, had something else in mind, when they went patrolling his neighborhood in Southeast D.C. on Sept. 17. I suspect they intended to “roll out” in his big SUV, not just to find the mini-bike which had been stolen from his garage in a gated community, but to also teach some neighborhood thugs a lesson. Continue reading

‘Blame your own leaders’

Back in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan ordered the bombing of Libya, I heard a news report and then did some reporting on my own about an interesting development at the Voice of America (VOA). It seems that as soon as the aircraft were launched from a base near London–a full eight hours before the bombs started landing, including the one which killed the adopted daughter of Libyan leader Muamar Qaddafi–the VOA’s Arabic language announcer was sequestered.

Then as the horror was unfolding and grief began to spread among the unsuspecting victims, the announcer’s voice was broadcast so that listeners in Libya could hear it telling anyone who might have been listening, that the reason they were suffering from the fire raining down from the American F-16 aircraft was “the fault of your leaders.”

At that very hour, a minor uprising (which was clearly planned to coincide with the bombing which may have been intended to kill the Libyan leader) took place in a remote Army barracks, but it was quickly put down.

The entire scenario was clearly an attempt at fomenting a rebellion, a la “Mission Impossible.” Unfortunately, the luckless conspirators who rose up on cue, were disposed of, and were never heard from again.

“Blame your own leaders,” was the U.S. message. Continue reading

Race hatred’s ugly head

Funny thing about racial perceptions: Black folks perceive the ongoing insult of racial bigotry within the American Criminal Just-Us System instantly, and will often be quick to excuse guilty perpetrators, just because they are Black. O.J. Simpson, Michael Vick, Clarence Thomas are classic examples of scoundrels who had a lot of un-deserved sympathy in the Black community, simply because they are members of what the Hon. Marcus Garvey called our “co-fraternity of race.”

But that goes both ways. Just look at the Duke lacrosse players. You’d think they were the Rutgers women’s basketball players for all the sympathy they’ve got in the land of the Blue Devils. Excuse me.

They are not choirboys who should be given the keys to the city. These White “Good Old Boys” who are dyed-in-the-wool beneficiaries of the Jesse Helms White Supremacy System down there…those racist hypocrites hired two Black female exotic dancers for a team party of debauchery, and more than likely under-age alcohol consumption, and yet the prevailing White gentry down there want them to be paid millions of dollars because the now disgraced District Attorney unjustly prosecuted these young White lads when the exotic dancer falsely accused them of rape. Excuse me.

For crying out loud! More than 200 inmates have been freed FROM DEATH ROW after DNA evidence confirmed their innocence, and they haven’t been compensated that much altogether for all their hundreds of collective years spent on death row! And these debauched, young White lechers, should get millions of dollars because they did not rape the Black stripper they hired for a bacchanal! Hey, mister. I may have been born at night, but it was not last night. Continue reading

The Sad, Anti-Semitic Truth

“The canard that a powerful Jewish lobby controls the media is a well known anti-Semitic staple,” writes Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Colbert I. King in The Washington Post. But.

The canard that a powerful Jewish lobby controls the media…is true!

First, the Mea Culpa. I regret having to repeat this out loud, but I must say what has been on my heart for a long time. I am not a hater of Jewish people. I know that I may have already crossed a line. But I am not a hater of Jewish people.

Good column Colby.

Colbert King’s column takes Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) to task for telling the September-October issue of Tikkun, an interfaith, progressive Jewish magazine, “…If you cross AIPAC, AIPAC is unforgiving and will destroy you politically. Their means of communication, their ties to certain newspapers and magazines, and to individuals in the media are substantial and intimidating.”

That’s a mouthful, also true. Continue reading

Re-defining ‘victory’ in Iraq: Permanent Occupation.

Now that The Troops have Won The Surge. The Troops are making President George W. (for Worst-in-history) Bush look good. Gen. Patraeus, Princeton Ph.D., …shaken, not stirred. A Man’s Man. General of the Army. A Fighting Man. Everybody saluting the troops and all their brass and all their medals.

America’s. No. 1. Man Law.

Now that the U.S. has Won The Surge, why don’t we just go ahead and Win The War in Iraq!? Yeah! Who’s with me?

How do we win in Iraq?

Permanent U.S. military occupation! Yeah. Let’s fight ‘em!

I’ll hold your coat.

Permanent U.S. military occupation!

This is not rocket science! Let’s do the math. The promise of The Surge last January, bought some time to wait for The Surge to get started in June. From the moments when the public voted overwhelmingly against the war, back in January, the promise of the surge bought the time up until now, Gen. Patraeus’s testimony to Congress. What can the Democrats do besides capitulate?

Guess what he said? The Surge is working. Continue reading

9/11: Terrorism, Muslim-profiling and the “enemy”

Written Sept. 20, 2001.

A “funny thing” happened to me on the way back from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Only nobody’s laughing.

The world, as I’ve known it, was turned upside-down, by two airplanes which were deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, and a third which was crashed into the very symbol of American military authority—the Pentagon.

More than a week later, thousands of people are still missing and presumed dead. It’s no laughing matter. Quite the opposite is true. There has been much gnashing of teeth, as Americans come to grips with their enormous losses.

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